Baltimore Ravens Hoping To Extend QB Joe Flacco

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is set to start talking contract extension in the next week. Flacco's agent indicated his client should be paid like a top-five quarterback.

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Ravens Closing In On Joe Flacco Extension, Per Report

The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco have been working on a new contract for quite a while during the 2012 NFL offseason, but talks have ramped up in the past few days to where many feel a deal will get done before the team heads into training camp.

"The Ravens have gotten very aggressive with their contract negotiations with Flacco and I was able to confirm that they're about 75 percent sure they can get this done by training camp, which is really over the next week," ESPN's Chris Mortensen said. "And if not by training camp, pretty early into training camp."

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said they would like to get Flacco locked down before he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Flacco was originally selected by the Ravens in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has started every game for the Ravens since he was drafted, helping the team make the playoffs in each of his first four seasons.

For more on the Ravens and Flacco's future, check out SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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Joe Flacco, Ravens Still Aren't Close To Longterm Contract

The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he's been the team's starter ever since. Flacco has posted pretty good numbers so far in his career, but overall the Ravens offense has been hit or miss in the passing game. The passing game wasn't a problem, though, in the AFC Championship game when the Ravens lost to the New England Patriots, and Flacco is looking to bank off of that to get a new long term deal.

Flacco is attending the Ravens voluntary practices while looking for a new deal. The two sides are not close on a new contract however, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.

Flacco is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, but the Ravens aren't anywhere close to negotiating a long-term contract extension with the franchise's all-time leading passer.

For more on the Ravens and Flacco's future, check out SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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Joe Flacco, Ravens Will Talk Contract At NFL Combine

Following another playoff run that took the Baltimore Ravens to the AFC Championship Game in January, quarterback Joe Flacco is finally starting to get the respect that many of his supporters have been seeking for some time now. Flacco and his agent are hoping that his performance over the past season will be rewarded with a lucrative long-term deal by the team.

Jeff Zrebeic of The Baltimore Sun reports that while the Ravens front office is in Indianapolis for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, they will also attempt to touch base will Flacco's agent regarding a potential contract extension. While the team is placing their priorities on running back Ray Rice for the time being, they still very much hope to extend their starting QB.

By now, everybody knows that Joe Linta, the agent for Flacco, is scheduled to meet this week with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, who negotiates most of the team's contracts, to begin discussing the framework of an extension for the quarterback.

The Ravens want to make sure that Flacco doesn't enter the 2012 season as a lame duck quarterback in the final year of his contract. However, the more urgent matter is securing the future of Rice, the two-time Pro Bowl running back whose contract is up.

It would seem that Flacco and Rice are the top priorities for the team as they structure their offense for the near future.

For more on the Ravens and Flacco's future, check out SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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Agent: Joe Flacco Is A Top-Five Quarterback

The agent for Joe Flacco will enter into contract discussions with the Baltimore Ravens at some point in the coming weeks with Flacco, the Ravens quarterback the last four seasons, entering the final year of his contract. Judging by the comments from each side, it appears both sides want to get something done long-term.

But, as usual, both sides will probably have a different view on what's a fair contract. Via The Baltimore Sun:

"If the game is about wins and losses, he has to be in the top five [quarterbacks]," Joe Linta, Flacco's agent, told the Baltimore Sun. "He is a player who has been extremely durable, never missed a game. And he's done something that no one has ever done. In his four years in the league, he has never missed a game and has more wins than any other quarterback."

In that sense, he's right. Flacco's 44 wins in his first four years are more than anyone else to start their career. No other quarterback has taken his team to the playoffs in his first four years. He's won five playoff games and been in two AFC Championship games. When it comes down to wins and losses, Flacco is among the elite.

Unfortunately, the Ravens will likely have a different interpretation of Flacco's body of work. They'll point to his numbers, which are more in line with the league average than a top five quarterback.

Quarterbacks are among the highest paid players in the game. Good ones, like Flacco, don't hit the open market very often and I wouldn't expect the Ravens to allow him to leave after next season. Both sides want to get something done and, when that's the case, it usually works out in the end. But we should expect some bumps along the way.

For more on the Ravens and Flacco's future, check out SB Nation's Ravens blog, Baltimore Beatdown.

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Joe Flacco, Ravens Expected To Start Contract Talks

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is set to start talking contract extension in the next week.

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